Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi might soon get to play a much larger role in the party, sources told Headlines Today on Thursday.
The MP from Amethi has so far limited himself to looking after the affairs of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and the National Students Union of India (NSUI).
In the next reshuffle of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), which was likely to take place after the presidential and vice presidential elections, Gandhi might become the second-in-command in the grand old party after his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
According to top party sources, a special post would be created for the Gandhi scion and he would either be made the vice president, working president or the secretary general of the AICC.
Rahul Gandhi’s elevation would be a part of a major AICC reshuffle. Sources said that the AICC would also see a lot of young and new faces getting respectable positions and greater responsibilities.
Some top Congress leaders have time and again sought a bigger role for Rahul in the party and his involvement in the central government. Union Minister Salman Khurshid was the latest to have raised the issue as he sought him to play a leader’s role in the Congress. Party general secretary Digvijaya Singh is also seen as one of the biggest advocates of Rahul Gandhi getting more responsibilities in running the Congress affairs.
Speaking to an English daily Khurshid had recently said that the Congress was “directionless” and it was time for Rahul Gandhi to take charge. He had said that the young leader must stop being reluctant on taking from responsibility and accept his position as the number two in the party. The minister even said that this leadership shift in the party was needed to go forward in the future elections.
“Until now we have only seen cameos of his thought and ideas like democratising elections to the Youth Congress. But he has not weaved all of this into a grand announcement. This is a period of waiting,” he had said talking about the Gandhi scion.
“We need a new ideology to meet contemporary challenges. Reforms in the 1990s were the emergence of a new ideology. But today we need an ideology to be given by our next generation leader Rahul Gandhi to move forward. We have to be clear about what we want to go ahead with in the next elections,” Khurshid had said.